This project is currently ongoing and due to complete in late 2020.
This project undertakes the build of an extension to the existing school hall and new build construction of a new multi-purpose studio for before and after school teaching provision.
This project is significant for the people of Oldham; Kingfisher School is the only special needs school for primary aged children in Oldham who have the most complex and severe learning needs. As the local population has grown, the demand for places at Kingfisher School has increased by nearly 50-per-cent in just over five years.
The construction works will include a building extension for the installation of a new hydrotherapy pool, and 2 new classrooms will be provided at the site of the old pool. The existing building will also be reconfigured to optimise the learning space available and provide further opportunities for staff to tailor their specialist teaching to meet the individual requirements of each child.
A major element of the construction works will be the replacement and relocation of the school’s hydrotherapy pool which is defective and no longer fit for purpose. Hydrotherapy is extensively used to help pupils with their development and is a critical part of their education. Hydrotherapy helps children maintain a range of joint and muscle movement and is particularly important for children who are confined to a wheelchair. The existing pool is over 40-years old and has been out of service for some time, which is having a detrimental effect on the children’s wellbeing and quality of life.
The school has been raising funds for the pool replacement project for some time via their ‘Big Splash’ appeal and has managed to raise an impressive £100,000 towards the cost of the project. A large part of the funds required to get the project off the ground was donated by local philanthropist Sir Norman Stroller and the remaining funds were provided by Oldham Council who has recognised the urgency to provide additional places at the school to serve the local population. The fund-raising has been widely supported by the local community and the new hydrotherapy pool will be made available for use by community groups and other education providers in the borough.
Before the works started, Bats were found on the premises, which needed to be removed safely before the works could continue.
The works will be undertaken during the term time, and we will be liaising with the school to ensure effective communication and as little disturbance as possible.